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Finally Justice for Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu

Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief
Last Modified: 16:10 pm DST, 01 June 2014

Update: More than 10 years after a young Maple Ridge woman’s ruthless so-called honour killing, her husband is desperately waiting in India for the day justice is served — if it ever comes. Jassi Sidhu, 25, was found slain in a canal in India in June 2000 while she was visiting the country in an attempt to bring her husband, Sukhwinder (Mithu) Sidhu home to Canada.

Indian authorities allege Sidhu was the victim of an honour killing 13 years ago planned in Canada by her mother Malkit Sidhu and uncle Surjit Badesha, because they disapproved of her rickshaw-driver husband. The accused pair were arrested in Canada in January 2014.”  (Source: Vancouver Desi)

The British Columbia Supreme Court ruled this week that they will be extradited to India to be tried on charges of conspiracy to commit murder.

Published Originally: 4 August 2010

“From woman, man is born; within woman, man is conceived; to woman he is engaged and married. Woman becomes his friend; through woman, the future generations come. When his woman dies, he seeks another woman; to woman he is bound. So why call her bad? From her, kings are born. From woman, woman is born; without woman, there would be no one at all.” ~ Guru Nanak, 15th Century Founder of Sikhism

Jassi Sidhu & Mithu

Western media has effectively demonized Islam through the promotion of stereotypes, some of which have a basis in fact, many of which do not. One of the most prevalent misconceptions is that ‘honor killing’ is a religious construct rooted in Islam; when in fact, it is a cultural dynamic based upon the assignation of women as chattel. Within this construct no part of a woman is under her control, particularly her reproductive ability, since it is through this mechanism that she can bring life into the world.

Women have been dominated throughout time by various systems of societal and religious controls. In the end, women and men are different yet complementary; unfortunately, many man-made systems require the subjugation of a segment of their societies in order to achieve mental equilibrium that would or should otherwise be derived from personal growth and psychological introspection leading to adjustment and improvement.

Sikhism is a monotheistic religion that emphasizes the principle of equality of all humans and rejects discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, and gender.  A Sikh (English pronunciation: /ˈsiːk/ or /ˈsɪk/; Punjabi: ਸਿੱਖ, sikkh [ˈsɪkkʰ]) is a follower of Sikhism. Sikhism (Sikhi in Punjabi) primarily originated in 15th century Punjab region of India and now constitutes one of the major religions with adherents throughout the world. Source: Wikipedia

Sikhism, is unique because it is a religious system incepted in the 15th Century and yet it is one of the earliest systems to promote, if not equality, at least the value of women.  But like all man-made systems or creeds, it is also susceptible to the benevolent or malevolent application of its tenets by individual interpreters and adherents.

Thus was the case ten years ago when a young Sikh woman named Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu who lived in Maple Ridge, British Columbia  (B.C.) was murdered at the behest of her mother and uncle. The brother and sister pair, prominent members of the Nanaksar sect of Sikhism in the Metro Vancouver area, are proclaimed offenders under Indian law.

Jassi, like so many women who are victims of ‘honor killings’, was murdered because she rejected an arranged marriage and against her family’s wishes married a 34-year-old, poor auto-rickshaw driver named Sukhwinder ‘Mithu’ Singh.  What makes this Shakespearean tragedy of forbidden love and murder even more heinous is the fact that Jaswinder or Jassi as she was called, was a Canadian citizen.

Watch original story at Inside Dateline: Still no justice for a murdered bride

Initially, upon learning of Jassi’s unsanctioned marriage, her mother and uncle confined her to the house in veritable isolation. Then, just as abruptly they indicated that they would no longer oppose the marriage. It was then that her uncle deceived Jassi into signing a notarized document written in Sanskrit, a language she could neither read nor write. Her uncle told her that he would go to India to arrange for Mithu’s immigration to British Columbia, instead he presented the fraudulent document to the Indian authorities as proof that Jassi’s marriage to Mithu had been consummated by force through rape.

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About Ayanna Nahmias

Ayanna Nahmias was interviewed on Radio Netherlands Worldwide program titled 'The State We’re In,' about her life in Africa and her determination to transcend her past. She started the Nahmias Cipher Report to provide information to readers about life in emerging economies, and to provide alternative insight into the challenges faced by women and children living in these countries. The blog features stories from around the world to inspire other people to persevere and triumph in the face of great adversity. She blogs about current events in emerging economies, international politics, human rights abuses, women’s rights and child advocacy.

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2 Comments on “Finally Justice for Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu”

  1. AMARINDER SINGH Says:

    JUSTICE FOR JASSI
    Jassi and Mithu are good and true lovers. both of them are innocent. but it is so sad that jassi was dead. after ten years, there is no justice for jassi. mother and uncle are main culprits of jassi. both of them are roaming on the roads of maple ridge, Canada. please arrest mother and uncle for jassi’s murder.mother and uncle are the main masterminds of this murder.
    Comments From: Amandeep Singh, Amarinder Singh, Parvinder Singh
    City: Mohali
    State: Punjab
    Country: India
    Time: 07:35 PM
    Date: 19 Nov, 2010

    Reply

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